Archives for February 2014

February 24, 2014

Enjoy Healthy Deodorants from Lavanila


Did you ever wonder if your deodorant is heathy, never mind working……. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Lavender puts your mind at ease in both situations!!!!  I am always concerned about the ingredients in my products that I use daily so I dedicate many hours researching many different products.  The prowl for a better, safer deodorant has ended.  Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Lavender is a All-Natural freshly scented deodorant that is completely free of harsh chemicals and it is a safe, effective way to fight odor!  To my surprise, it really works.  I stayed dry all day (8 hours) and felt cool, hydrated, and refreshed.  I enjoy the little hint of its lovely scent once in awhile when I raise my arm!  This deodorant is packed with anti-oxidants and a proprietary beta glucan technology to not only fight the odor but nourish, strengthen, conditioning and soothe the skin.  Lavanila does not contain Aluminum, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petro-Chemicals, Phthalates, or Parabens that could potentially absorb into the delicate underarm area.  Now that is a long list of chemicals you should not put on your arm pit!  It delivers superior, long lasting odor protection with luxurious results which stands up to my heavy work-out schedule!  Goes on clean, easy and spreads well with no sticky wetness.

Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically tested. Dermatologist recommended, non-irritating, allergy-tested formula.  Other deodorants cause my underarm to develop a red rash in certain climates. Lavanila Deodorant did not irritate my skin!  No Aluminum. No Paraben.  No Propylene Glycol.  No harsh chemicals.  Perfect substitution for all of the harsh chemical and paraben deodorants out there. I have only tried Vanilla Lavender scent but Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant comes in seven scents which are based around vanilla:  Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Blackberry, Vanilla Passion Fruit, and their newest scent Fresh Vanilla Lemon.  I feel confident use this deodorant on myself and own my daughter!

Laurie Carcieri

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February 22, 2014

AMBI® SKINCARE Announces its First-Ever Model Search


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New York, NY – February 18, 2014 – AMBI® Skincare, a trusted name in cleansers and moisturizers for skin of color, is pleased to announce the open call for entries to their first-ever AMBI® Model Search. Women ages 18 and older can register online at The Grand Prize Winner will be featured in a national print campaign, receiving a 3 day/2 night trip to New York City for a professional photo shoot plus $2,000 cash.

“We look forward to discovering the new face of AMBI,” commented Tricia Green, Senior Brand Manager at Valeant Pharmaceuticals. “We are looking for bold women who are confident, spirited and independent; someone who represents the AMBI brand and who is proud of her culture and history. Celebration is the heart of AMBI and we’re seeking someone who embodies just that.”

AMBI® is accepting online entries through April 15, 2014. To enter, two photos – a headshot and a full body shot – must be submitted online. Judges will select the top five finalists from the entries submitted based on appearance and how well they represent the AMBI® brand. After the finalists are selected and announced on April 25th, voting will immediately open up to the general public and will close on May 2nd. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected based on a combination of online votes and the judge’s score.

Weekly product giveaways will also be hosted on the site. Official Rules must be reviewed before entering the AMBI® Model Search. For more information on AMBI® and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, please visit: and

Abbreviated Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Neither Valeant Employees and their families nor Healthcare professionals and their families may not participate. Void where prohibited or limited by law or regulation. Begins at 12:00am EST on 2/15/2014 and ends at 11:59pm EST on 4/15/2014.

For complete details, see Official Rules (by which all entrants are bound) at

About AMBI® Skincare:
AMBI® Skincare is one of the brands under Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC. AMBI®, a trusted name in cleansers and moisturizers for skin of color, has a legacy of skin care designed to provide smooth, even-toned, flawless-looking skin. Introduced in 1966, the brand has been used by women with richer skin tones for decades and trusted to provide quality products that meet skin of color needs.  The AMBI® brand is best known for its fade creams, which help fade dark spots and skin discolorations to restore flawless, natural skin tone. The brand is part of the Valeant portfolio that also includes Kinerase, AcneFree, CeraVe and more. For more information about the AMBI® brand and to purchase products, please visit:


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February 22, 2014

Welcome Laurie Carcieri

Welcome Laurie Carcieri!!!

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February 21, 2014

A Perfectly Messy Bun

 How To Create A Perfectly Messy Bun

When you’re in a crunch and don’t have time to wash, dry, and stylize your hair, one of the easiest ways to look chic and sophisticated without having to use a ton of product is to create the perfect top knot. Creating the perfect not so perfect top knot may sound ironic-but it is a great hairstyle for any occasion. Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, this day to night hairdo is easy, quick, and requires little practice to master. To create this look, start off by using a large flat brush to comb out any knots or tangles in your hair. Then flip your hair over your head and run the brush through your hair again. This adds a little volume boost while ensuring that your hair is totally tangle-free. While still keeping your hair flipped over, use a hair tie to put your hair in a high ponytail (or wherever you want the bun to be placed on your head). Take the ponytail and twist it around the knot while securing stray hairs with bobby pins. And there you go!

a large flat paddle brush like this works great!

a large flat paddle brush like this works great!

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February 20, 2014

Skin Care Tips for Your Ocean Adventures

Whether it’s on the chilly east coast or the temperate west coast, surfers, bodysurfers and handboarders alike are enjoying the swells this holiday season.  No matter what ocean you jump into, that dry, irritated skin seems to stick with you long after you dry off.  Use a few of these skin care products before and after your time out in the water, and your skin will feel rejuvenated, refreshed and ready for the rest of your day.

Pre-Surf Care: Sunscreen

Nothing is more important that protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.  While frolicking in the surf is an awesome way to spend your day, the UV rays will take a toll on your delicate skin.  Make sure you lather a health amount of quality sunscreen to your face, neck and ears before jumping into the water.  There are two sunscreen brands out there that will give your skin excellent coverage while keeping it healthy.

Raw Elements Eco Protection Sunscreen:  What makes Raw Elements one of the best sunscreens on the market is what it’s made of.  It is made up of only natural and certified organic ingredients.  Raw Elements protects against both UVA and UVB Rays, and it’s good for the environment too.  It’s biodegradable and never tested on animals.  The sunscreen won’t run, get in your eyes or sting while you’re out catching waves.  Plus, Raw Elements gives your skin a serious amount of certified organic moisturizers and antioxidants without clogging your pores.  You can use it on both your face and body, providing you with the ultimate organic sun protection.

Neutrogena Face Sunscreen:  Neutrogena dry-touch sunblock has the power to protect you from the elements while being ridiculously light on your skin.  The sheer, ultra dry protection has an SPF of 45 and protects with Parsol 1789, which is advanced protection that covers both UVA and UVB Rays.  Special dry-touch technology was used to make this stuff, which means your face won’t be shiny when you’re done applying, and you won’t slip on your board when you’re out in the lineup.  Neutrogena sunscreen is sweat-proof and waterproof, but it won’t clog your pores.  The sunscreen’s bounty of A, C & E vitamins will help your skin stay nourished and protected against environmental damage, including sun and salt.

Post-Surf Skin Care

That dry, chapped, itching sensation you get after playing in the ocean means that the wind, sun and sea have gotten the best of your skin.  There are many excellent products out there to help alleviate your skin after a long day in the water.

The absolute best thing you can do for your skin right when you get home from a day at the beach is to jump in the shower and rinse your body with fresh water.  The water will help get rid of any extra dirt and salt that’s still on your skin.  You can also exfoliate with a scrub of your choosing to help remove those pesky dead skin cells that can end up blocking your pores.  Just don’t try to exfoliate if you’re sunburned!  Ouch!  Salt scrubs are usually recommended for those with oily skin, while sugar scrubs are great for those with dry, sensitive skin.

After your rinse and exfoliating, it’s time to replenish your skin with some essential vitamins and moisture!

Shea Butter:  Shea Butter lotion will hydrate and renew dry, depleted skin.  It’s extracted from the nuts of the African Sea Tree, and can soothe sunburn-plagued skin.  Shea Butter contains revitalizing A and E vitamins, and doesn’t leave oily or greasy residue after you apply it.

Aloe Vera:  The Aloe Vera plant is part of the lily family, and does wonders for your skin.  This super plant contains vitamins, including Vitamins A, C and E, folic acid and Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.  It also contains a number of beneficial minerals, like iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium.  It’s known as a vulnerary, which means it helps to heal wounds such as burns or scrapes, not to mention it soothes while it works!  Jason Aloe Vera Gel is a good example of something you can buy at the store and have ready and waiting for your dry, irritated skin as soon as you get home from your day at the beach.

Therapeutic Balm:  Balms like Surfer’s Salve help to heal any cuts, rashes and stings your get, whether they are from reefs, jellyfish, bugs or anything else you may encounter at the beach.  It will also soothe chapped lips and help refresh those serious patches of dry skin you can get from the sun’s harsh rays.

unnamed-12Guest Blogger Sarah grew up in Santa Barbara, California and started swimming competitively when she was eight years old.  She attended the University of Southern California where she was on the women’s swim team and earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.  Sarah currently writes for Venice-based, emerging surf brand Slyde Handboards, where she focuses on topics such as surf-related “how-tos”, current surf events and the “best-ofs” of the wave-riding world.

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February 20, 2014

You’ll Have Something to WINK About With Butter London

If I had to choose my favorite thing in the beauty industry, it would have to be experimenting with makeup.  I have always loved makeup because I love to experiment with colors (even hair color).  With Butter London’s WINK Earl Grey Eye Liner and WINK English Rose Cream Eye Shadow you can really bring out the artist from within.

Butter London’s WINK collection is made up of 8 eye liners, 10 cream eye shadows and 6 mascaras in many colors to experiment with.  The two I got to try were the Earl Grey Eye Liner and English Rose Cream Shadow, both very true to color and long lasting.  English Rose is a soft romantic pink cream eye shadow that goes on smoothly and lasts until you take it off.  Not only is it true to it’s color it also has a few specks of shimmer to it to give you a nice added shine.  When I used this English Rose for the first time I used it as more of a highlighter for my overall eye shadow look by placing it on the inner corner of my eye and just underneath my eye brow giving my look a little POP!


Now the Earl Grey Eye Liner, I have to admit, I was a little nervous to use because my eyes are so deep set that darker colors make them look even smaller.  I was wrong about the Earl Grey.  Earl Grey Eye Liner is more of a charcoal grey that goes on smoothly and does not look black when its on. I have tried many “grey” eye liners and all came out way to dark.  This grey was well grey when I put it on.  Just like the English Rose Eye Shadow, the eye liner goes on smoothly and lasts all day without smearing.  With my deep set eyes I have a little trick for using this eye liner.  I don’t go all the way from end to end on my eye.  I start at the outer corner and stop halfway on my eye lid.  This makes my eye appear larger.  Now as a little added bonus I use grey eye shadow over top the eye liner to give it more of a base.


When I first used these products  was afraid of my extremely sensitive eyes having a reaction.  I was safe.  WINK by Butter London is a very gentle line and will not cause irritation but if you are anything like me use it little by little. I always use a little at a time to see how my eyes will react and then if I notice what they do I will either proceed or stop altogether.  I had no problems what so ever.  So bring out your inner artist and try all the colors from WINK by Butter London and create your own personalized look.

Visit for all the colors you an think of. 

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February 19, 2014

When it Comes to Healthy Deodorant, Mom Knows Best

I have been bugging my mom to buy me a deodorant to put into my gym bag. As a teenager, you never want to be caught with a bad odor. Well one day changing for gym class, I noticed a bottle of deodorant  thrown in with my clothes. The bottle was pretty with brown and purple coloring on it…the writing said THE HEALTHY DEODORANT BY LAVANILA.

My mom, knowing I have all kinds of skin allergies, is always looking for the healthiest products!  Of course I want a healthy  product to put on myself but I also need a deodorant to work!!  What is the sense of buying it and applying it.  When I applied the Lavanila Deodorant while dressing for my gym class, it went on smooth  and dry with a pretty scent of vanilla lavender.

During kick ball,  running crazy to score a goal, I felt fresh and clean!  Here and there I would catch a whiff of the pretty scent. After gym, changing back into my street outfit, I was dry and still felt fresh and clean. I always wanted a deodorant to go on dry and keep me dry throughout the  day and I found it!!!!  Well my mom did. Plus Lavanila Deodorant is 100% Healthy…No harsh chemicals added, no petrochemicals,  no phthalates, no propylene glycol, no mineral oils, no silcone no sythetic dyes, no sulfates or parabens. It is 100% healthy for my skin and for yours!!!!!! My mom said Lavanila is also made in the USA and not tested on animals!  Mothers know best!!

Lavanila Deororants are available in four scents and can be found at and at

Talia Carcieri

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February 19, 2014

Redken’s NYFW FW 2014 Marc Jacobs Recap

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Hair by Guido, Redken Creative Consultant


This season, Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a very modern shaped bob, which seems new in a way for Marc Jacobs. In the past, Guido has done choppy, punk inspired styles for this show. The cut is quite blunt, but the style and finish stems from a high-end conception of hair that requires an immaculate finish. The use of wigs only added another level of perfection to this chic hairstyle.

“The idea of tonality played heavily into the whole design aesthetic for Marc Jacobs. When Marc and I met to discuss the hairstyle, he presented a very clear conception of the color swatches and makeup shades that he had in mind. As a result, the tonality of the haircolor, the makeup and the clothing were all paired together to give a monochromatic hue from head to toe.”


-Guido, Redken Creative Consultant

Redken Products Used:

hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting gel

satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion

iron shape 11 finishing thermal spray

control addict 28 extra high-hold hairspray

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Create the Look:

  1. Apply hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting gel to dry hair from root to ends and comb through until hair is completely saturated
  2. Divide hair into two sections (top and bottom) in the back
  3. Clip the bottom section down and out of the way
  4. Using a finishing brush, start to brush the top section flat against the head, following the round of the head in one direction. Repeat with each section, making sure it’s very clean and neat-looking when finished
  5. Blow dry hair until completely dry
  6. Apply control addict 28 extra high-hold hairspray to smooth any flyaways
  7. Place wig on head
  8. Apply satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair
  9. Blowdry hair with natural bristle brush for a smooth finish
  10. Spray iron shape 11 finishing thermal spray on hair
  11. Use a flat iron to straighten hair from root to ends
  12. Comb hair back and place headband on head
  13. Spray control addict 28 extra high-hold hairspray for a perfected finish

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February 18, 2014

Skin Care Expert and Jan Marini Skin Research Founder, Jan Marini Will Be Live Chatting on Facebook!


Jan Marini will be on hand to answer your skincare questions & concerns and discussing the benefits of her breakthrough product line, live on facebook!

JAN MARINI  Skin Care Expert & Jan Marini Skin Research Founder

Skin Care Expert & Jan Marini Skin Research Founder

Founder of breakthrough solutions and dramatic technological advances in skin care, Jan Marini is committed to providing a line that delivers measurable results. To understand more about how Jan Marini came to create JMSR, as well as discover answers to some of your most challenging skin care questions, here is your chance!

Join Jan on Thursday February 20th at 5PM EST / 2PM PST to hear more about her product line and what drove her to develop her line of products. Simply “Like” Jan Marini’s Facebook page in order to participate:

(Quoted and/or Paraphrased information in this article was obtained by a provided PR-Fact Sheet.)

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February 18, 2014

Mama Mio Nexercise is Just What Your Neck Ordered.

More often than not, we forget about a very important part of our body, our Neck. I know many of us are so focused on cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing our face that we forget to care for our neck and chest area, a/k/a Décolleté and they need TLC too!

Mama Mio Nexercise is just what your neck ordered. This is an amazing  High Protein Neck and Jawline Concentrate containing Peptide Technology, designed to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Elastin is a protein that keeps the skin flexible and collagen is the major structural protein in the skin that gives the skin its strength and resilience so we definitely want to  improve both. Mama Mio High Protein Neck and Jawline Concentrate is basically formulated to lift and smooth sagging skin around the neck and chin. As stated by Mama Mio, ” With a one-two punch of this powerful neck-firming formula and 60-second Face Fitness regime, Nexercise is designed to define your jaw and slim your chin taking years off your neck”.

Mama Mio Nexercise

Besides containing the important ingredients that improve collagen and Elastin, High Protein Neck and Jawline Concentrate also contains Amino acids for protein building, Vitamins and Antioxidants which protect and repair and finally, moisturizers, to help plump, hydrate and oxygenate your skin

High Protein Neck and Jawline Concentrate is an extremely light serum that is easily applied to your neck and chest every night. The aroma is very relaxing too. This amazing skincare is formulated without any Parabens, petrolatum and colourants and Mama Mio products are never ever tested on animals.

Let’s not forget about Mama Mio Nexercise Little Book of Confidence which is part of Nexercise. The Little book of Confidence (which fits in your back pocket),  is a fun approach to skincare as it contains two “easy to do”,  “no equipment necessary” exercises targeting your neck and jawline. These  simple neck  exercises will make your face and neck look and feel great in as little as a few days. The exercises are explained in detail and consist of “30 Seconds of Chin Up,” a double chin fighting exercise and “30 Seconds of the Audrey” geared to tighten your jawline. They are easy to do, and you can do these exercises any place, any time.

Visit and start you Nexercise today!

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